A raft of leading figures from the dance community, including Sasha, Groove Armada and Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons, have taken to Twitter to call on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to fight for the future of iconic nightclub Fabric.
The London nightclub has had its license suspended indefinitely following the deaths of two 18-year olds at the club. A review will be held in 28 days to decide the fate of the venue.
However, since the decision was made by Islington Council over the weekend to close Fabric for the foreseeable future, a number of DJs and music industry figures have voiced their concerns for the future of London’s nightlife.
While some have called for greater education on drug abuse and a review of current UK drug policies, others have called upon Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to get involved and join the fight to keep Fabric open.
Two 18-year olds have passed away at the venue in recent months. One died after falling ill at the club on June 25, while a second collapsed outside the venue on August 6.
A statement issued by the Metropolitan Police on Friday (August 12) said: "Due to concerns about serious crime associated with fabric nightclub, Islington police made an application to Islington Council for a summary review of the nightclub's license, on 10 August. As a result, the Licensing Sub Committee have decided to suspend the license as an interim measure, pending a full review hearing.
"Officers felt the need to act due to concerns about the safety of those attending the club because of the supply of class A drugs in the venue and the recent deaths of two young men linked to the club. London has a world renowned night-time economy and people should be able to enjoy it safely, without concerns of serious crime. The Met is committed to fully playing its part in keeping people safe."
Since launching in 1999, Fabric has become one of the world’s most iconic nightclubs, regularly hosting internationally acclaimed DJs and attracting some of the biggest names in music. It was once voted best club in the world by DJ Magazine.